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for a missing san jose pilot and his family kicks off again this morning. 50 searchers and five planes will join the team today. >> devastated. comes in waves. >> we should learn the results of actor paul walker's autopsy. walker and a friend were killed in a fiery crash on saturday. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning, it's wednesday, december 4. i'm anne makovec. >> i'm juliette goodrich. frank and michelle have the morning off. >> let's check in with lawrence because it is going to be a cold one out there. just the beginning of the cold snap, lawrence. >> yeah. really is. i think we have some colder weather ahead today. a chilly start widespread frost even at the coastline coastline. that cold air really coming in from the gulf of alaska and diving right into the bay area. so these temperatures taking a nosedive this morning. it is now 29 degrees in santa
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rosa, 29 in napa. 36 degrees in fremont. and 39 degrees in san jose. so even inside the bay we are seeing some cold temperatures and probably colder over the next hour and a half or so. so we have freeze warnings up for almost the entire bay area for this morning and again i think a colder night overnight tomorrow night and into tomorrow morning. that's when we'll see some very cold temperatures around the bay area. highs today are still going to only be on the chilly side. it will be sunny and bright but these numbers only in the 40s and the 50s. we want to go out to kiet do in fremont now in the middle of the cold. >> reporter: i hate being cold so i thought hat, gloves, jacket. here we are live in fremont. the coldest part of any city it seems is the top of a bart platform. here at 5:01 a.m. it is 37 degrees. that's an improvement. it was 35 degrees a couple of minutes ago. we have footage of people getting ready for the cold
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weather. we have been beating this drum all week long warning people the cold weather is coming. here it is. guess what. because christmas is just, what, 22 days away here, people love it. >> i'm ready to take this off. >> i'm bundling up and getting close to my hubby here to keep my warm. >> reporter: so back here live at the fremont bart station, there is plenty of frost on the vehicles out here. we will be staying out here bundles up all morning long. so live in fremont, kiet do, kpix 5. and going to need the seat warmers in your car today. if you are heading out on highway 4, so far, so good. in fact, now that we're past 5:00 a lot of the overnight roadwork has been picked up so you're just kind of cruising along out of antioch coming off the antioch bridge towards pittsburg-bay point into concord. eastbound roadwork should have been picked up as well so all lanes now open. similar story on nimitz 880 in
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oakland. we had various lanes blocked blocked three of them between 16th and broadway towards downtown. that is all now gone. so you can see your east bay drive times are still in the clear only 14 minutes right now on westbound 580 between the altamont pass and 680. give it another half hour from now and that drive time will not likely look like that including the eastshore freeway also no delays through berkeley. that's your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you. 5:03. breaking news in san jose. a fire gutted a mobile home overnight. it started about 3 hours ago in the casa alondre mobile home park. firefighters are trying to find the person who lived in the home. it's out now. the cause is under investigation. developing news from idaho. search teams are looking for a san jose family and hopeful weather conditions will improve today. the pilot and his family disappeared sunday while flying from oregon to montana. today more people and more
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planes will join the search. idaho search teams have detected a faint signal from the plane's emergency beacon but haven't been able to pinpoint where it was coming from in the rugged mountainous terrain near the landing strip. the smiths are a tight-knit mormon family. after spending thanksgiving weekend in oregon silicon valley executive dale smith left for butte, montana. his son daniel and his son's wife, his daughter amber and her fiance were in his single- engine beech bonanza, similar to the one pictured here. it ran into engine trouble over central idaho sunday. smith intended to land at the remote johnson creek airstrip seen in this youtube video but they never made it. >> the temperature really dropping tonight that's probably the biggest concern. they have their winter parkas and close clothes to layer up. but, you know, this is the third night out. >> reporter: smith's founding business partner rand kriech knows the wilderness is unforgiving but knows smith to be a cautious pilot. he is so intelligent.
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if anyone can get out of this situation, he could put the airplane down. >> reporter: kriech says smith's missing plane was also used to help others. >> he flies with aeromexico to take doctors and dentists down to mexico to do services down there regularly. >> reporter: back at the office where they started the high- tech company serialtek which services the data storage industry, his employees are anxious. >> come back, dale. we got some work for you to do. we're not done yet. >> search teams expect to have 50 searchers and five airplanes involved in today's effort. happening today the san francisco man charged with killing another man for a playstation 4 videogame console will be arraigned. police say 21-year-old ronnie collins shot a person on sunday in the bayview district. the pair agreed to meet after uwakah posted an ad to sell the game console online. former supervisor george shirakawa of santa clara county will be back in court today. he has already pleaded guilty
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to five felonies relating to misuse of public funds. the new case involves a count of impersonating a campaign committee. it stems from a mailer that prosecutors say fabricated to try and discredit a city council candidate. new details on sunday's train wreck in new york. the train operator says he was in a daze before the crash. marlie hall with the way the operator's union leader describes it. >> he zoned out. he had one of those where, whoa, like, you know, you drive your car and, you know, you stare at the same thing for so long and, you know, he -- he zoned and, uhm, he caught himself but he caught himself too late. reporter: rockefeller met with federal investigators yesterday afternoon. they won't comment on rockefeller's level of alertness. his lawyer says he is cooperating fully. the seven-car commuter train jumped the tracks sunday as it hit a curve traveling nearly three times the speed limit. >> there is no indication that
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the brakes were not functioning properly. >> reporter: alcohol tests were negative. the results of the drug tests are not available yet. federal investigators say rockefeller had switched from a night shift to a day shift two weeks before the crash. he reported to work on time at 5:04 a.m. >> there is every indication he would have had time to get full restorative sleep. >> reporter: his union says rockefeller had never been disciplined for job performance. his lawyer calls what happened a terrible accident and tells the "new york times" rockefeller is extremely remorseful. michael mcclendon was rockefeller's supervisor for several years. >> i wish it didn't happen to anybody but sure as hell don't want it to happen to him. >> reporter: marlie hall for cbs news. >> rock feller is expected to meet with investigators again today and that investigation is expected to take weeks. 5:07. results from actor paul walker's autopsy are expected to be released. walker and a friend were killed in a fiery crash on saturday.
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autopsies were done on both bodies. ballparker's publicly says says the actor -- walker's publicist says the actor was a passenger in the single car crash. autopsies are expected to show who was driving. city college showing a steep drop in enrollment for the spring semester. while the numbers are up at most community colleges, the total is down 26% at city college. it could close because of a loss of accreditation and another reason that a new requirement makes students pay before they enroll. don't expect to see messages like go giants or equality for all on muni buses anymore. mta has decided to drop those signs. that's after some riders found messages of team spirit or goodwill distracting. the agency says the intention was simply to show civic pride. sonoma county supervisors talked about establishing a new community law enforcement task
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force. that's in response to complaints following the death of andy lopez. he was the santa rosa teen killed by a sheriff's deputy in october. the 13-year-old was carrying a bb gun that looked like an assault rifle. yesterday, supervisors also discussed creating a park to honor the teen. and a bill to renew a ban on plastic guns is halfway through the united states congress. the house voted yesterday to continue the undetectable firearms act for 10 more years. the senate could vote on the resolution when members return from thanksgiving recess monday. the current law expires the next day. >> we don't want to make it easy for terrorists and criminals to bring guns past metal detectors on to our planes and into secure environments. >> the ban has been unanimously reauthorized twice since it first passed in 1988. the nra says it's okay with continuing the ban but it is opposed to proposed changes. new this morning, governor jerry brown is making a push
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for federal aid to help recovery from the "rim" fire. wildfire caused an estimated $54 million in damage and fema denied a request for help for counties saying it should be handled by state and local governments. governor brown is asking president obama to reconsider saying the scope and duration of the fire was initially underestimated. sometime 5:10. coming to a table near you, tablets. the restaurant that may be starting to phase out waiters. >> and later, an eagle steals a camera and takes a selfie. if you are just waking up you may be chipping ice off the windshield today. very cold temperatures now and even colder weather to am could we'll talk about that coming up. >> and no hot spots on the road. here's a live look at the san mateo bridge. we'll have drive times coming up. but first, we want to know what drives you crazy during your commute. you can ask a question or share a gripe by e-mailing me at
5:11 am or tweet me at #ewengerkpix. and watch right here to see if your question gets answered on air. >> today kpix 5 is gathering the experts from "covered california" for a healthcare consumerwatch hotline. representatives will be here at kpix 5 all day today to answer your questions about the state's affordable care act. simply call between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. 1-888-5-helps-u. ♪ i love it! ♪ thank you grandma for the dolls. ♪ ♪ i love it! ♪ i'm ninja kicking through the halls. ♪ ♪ i love it! ♪ mom's posting pictures on your wall. ♪ ♪ that's my kind of holiday.
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u-s-a today reports the restaurant chain plans to p tablet computer the restaurant applebee's is going high-tech. "usa today" reports the restaurant chain plans to put tablet computers at every table. the you can order meals, pay and play games. tablets will be in place by the end of the year. and applebee's is trending. also billy joel. he plans to do a show for a month as long as there is a demand. warriors the team overcame a 27- point deficit to win. dennis rodman will be training north korea's basketball team. and eaglecam is trenning. a sea eagle in australia stole a camera and took a
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selfie. rangers placed it near a river in may to get pictures of crocodiles but you can see, i don't see any crocodiles in the air. an eagle picked it up, took it on a 68-mile journey before setting it down again. and one of these cute faces could be yours starting today for free. the tricity animal shelter in fremont is offering pet adoptions all month long at no charge. >> we're hoping people will choose to give a little animal like nugget a home for the holidays rather than buy a new tv or a vcr or something like that. >> the offer is good for all qualified and approved homes. animals will be spayed or neutered have rabies vaccine and microchip at no cost that usually costs about $150. all right. 5:15 now. and let's check in with liz to see how traffic is moving
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along. >> good morning. traffic is looking great overall. no big accidents. a lot of overnight roadwork has been picked up. there are chain requirements on 50 if you are traveling to the sierra. roads open towards tahoe but be careful. around here it's the cold weather you may need your defroster before you head out for the morning drive but once you hit the road no hot spots like i said westbound 580 looks good. towards 680 and the dublin interchange, continuing out towards 238 past the castro valley y looks good. if you are doing any traveling along the peninsula, this is what it looks like 101 near lagoon way but it looks good down past the airport if you are coming into san bruno or the other direction on 101 heading into san francisco. highway 4 westbound live drive time sensors that 33 miles per hour just changed. we are seeing some slowdowns now past that "a" street exit towards somersville. once you get past antioch everything is good towards pittsburg-bay point and concord heading towards 242. here's a live look at a lot of our sensors around the east bay looking good including 580. 880 the nimitz freeway we have
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this live look close to the airport the coliseum everything moving fine this morning from 238 all the way out towards the maze in fact there's that drive time in the middle of your screen. 15 minutes right now in the northbound lanes in the commute direction. eastshore freeway looks good and through the altamont pass. we are just beginning to see a few brake lights but not enough to impact the travel time. if you have any questions about your morning commute once you hit the roads, tune to our radio partners, tune to kcbs radio 740-am and 106.9-fm. that is your latest traffic. for more on your cool weather forecast, here he is the cool guy himself, lawrence. >> wow. thank you so much, liz! hey, we have some cold temperatures around the bay area this morning, just checking some of the numbers, it's dropped down briefly in santa rosa and the napa valley to 24 degrees. so yeah, some chilly temperatures all around this morning. we'll see some widespread frost even along the coastline likely to see that. all that cold air coming in from the gulf of alaska. so yeah, mostly clear skies out there right now. we have a little bit of wind
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and that is keeping the temperatures up just a bit in spots. it's 41 san francisco now. 29 in santa rosa. 31 and freezing in concord and 37 degrees in livermore. so as we head throughout the day today, you have the cold temperatures to begin with. and then i think chilly temperatures for highs today. we are going to struggle to get out of the 40s in some spots and only in the 50s in others. so plenty of sunshine but a chilly day ahead and a colder night tonight into tomorrow morning. i think the winds will be very calm. we'll have some very dry air in place and these temperatures again well down into the 20s. so that cold air making its way across the bay area not only today but the next few days and probably into the weekend. there is one weather system that wants to come our way as we head in toward friday likely to bring a few showers and maybe some low snow levels. temperatures around the state seeing 50s into the central valley today a cool 52 degrees but sunny into monterey bay and only 27 in lake tahoe. skies take clear all day long as you look at that across the bay area. you're going to see clear skies
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tonight and into tomorrow. temperatures today chilly, 49 milpitas, 51 palo alto, east bay many 40s low 50s for highs. then inside the bay not that much warmer 51 oakland about 50 san francisco. next couple of days even colder temperatures late tonight early tomorrow morning. and then a chance of showers maybe some snow down to about 1,000 feet or so on friday. looks like a dry weekend but chilly temperatures continuing into next week. >> you warned us. >> it's coming. it's here. >> and snow possibly. >> yes. >> a little more holiday-like. all right. time now is 5:19. macy's theft prevention program is accused of discrimination. old navy and banana republic are also accused. several other stores could also be charged. oscar buzz is building for
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a former sacramento state film student who chronicled the life of oscar grant. ryan's movie fruitvale station was named best film by the new york film critic circle. eight of the last nine movies to earn that honor have gone on to win at least one academy award nomination. he also won breakthrough director honors from the gotham awords in new york. 5:20. seahawks fans are going all out for sunday's game. you won't believe the $1,800 stunt they are about to pull. i'm dennis o'donnell. more trades for the a's. the bay area takes on canada if you did not hear what happened to the warriors last night you are not going to believe this. see you in a couple of minutes. >> and what is cool about your school? you can email your nomination to us at we may come and feature your school on the show. we'll be right back. i started using lysol disinfectant spray, gosh,
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the national hockey league nick foligno good morning, everybody. in the 3rd quarter the warriors were down 27 points to the toronto raptors and headed for the worst loss of the season. it began to chip away. they huddle off a comeback of epic proportions. the warriors scored 42 points in the 4th quarter. curry and compton combined for
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26 points alone in the final 12 minutes. golden state made eight threes in the fourth. curry with the three ball that put the warriors up for good. they outscored toronto 64-28 with nine minutes left in the 3rd to the end of the game. an amazing 113-102 win. incredible night at oracle. warriors won. joe thornton still sporting that shiner from his right eye from the puck inside. big joe scored his third goal in four games. the sharks, though, blew a 2-0 lead, got the winner in the third from brad stuart who threw the park to the net. sharks won. for the second straight year billy beane wins executive of the year. two more trades yesterday for oakland. they sent michael choice to the rangers for craig gentry and making their bullpen even stronger dealing seth smith for luke gregerson to oakland arguably the best bullpen right now in the american league. and check it out. billy beane may not be done.
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winter baseball meetings start next week. get ready for more wheeling and dealing. i'm dennis o'donnell. see you tonight. play of the day from the national hockey league. the columbus bluejackets in front of the net between his own legs before it's past the goalie. that was the only goal of the game. the bluejackets beat tampa bay 1-0. the seahawks are colling to san francisco for the big game against the 49ers but apparently, a piece of seattle is coming to the bay area, as well. a group of about 100 seahawks fans has put money together to fly a go hawks banner over candlestick park right before sunday's game. costs about $1,800 to fly the banner for 15 minutes. essentially asking her what the "f" are you doing? >> a bay area man claims an off- duty cop took him down and broke his arm in a case of road rage. >> one of the coldest days of the year is here and it's going
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start healthing > >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald two men pull over to exchange info after a crash then one driver says everything went south and claims a cop broke his arm. >> and it looks like the state's healthcare exchange site but it's a fake. who critics say are trying to dupe californians? >> into the deep freeze the coldest temperatures of the season so far. we'll have more on that coming up. >> and we have a stalled big rig now and it's blocking one lane of westbound 580 in the livermore valley causing some problems. we'll have more on your morning drive coming up. >> good morning. it's wednesday, december 4. i'm
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anne makovec. >> i'm juliette goodrich. frank and michelle are off. time now 5:29. it is cold. kiet do is in fremont where temperatures are in the 30s. lawrence karnow has the forecast. >> we have seen some of the temperatures in the mid-20s in some of the north bay valleys but other parts of the country too. they are getting hit hard by this very cold air. skies clearing with dry conditions so temperatures really dropping in spots. in fact, some of the overnight lows down into the 20s in some spots inland. freeze warnings are up across much of the bay area except for san francisco. 20s and 30s frost everywhere and colder air tomorrow. temperatures expected to be in the 40s and 50s in the afternoon. very cold start to the day.
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cold finish too. we'll go to kiet do out there in the freezing weather right now. how's it going, kiet? >> reporter: yeah, it could be worse, i guess. it's 37 degrees out here. it has been in the mid- to upper 30s all morning. so you mentioned that temperatures in the 20s and other spots so i feel kind of lucky out here. people bundled up in jackets, coats, gloves, you name it. we have been watching people sit in their cars until the very last minute and then jump out and make a mad dash to the bart platform and catch their trains. the cars that were parked here overnight most are covered in frost. we have been talking about this blast of cold air for days. just as it gets here, a woman by the name of gina bowden is catching a plane to new zealand where it is summer to get married. what do you think of the cold weather? >> we love it. we love the change in seasons. >> reporter: you don't look like you love it. [ laughter ] >> 35 degrees this morning, though. we like putting on a warm
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jacket. we love it here. >> reporter: so 35 degrees just about an hour ago. so looks like the temperatures going back and forth but it's cold. and lawrence says it's getting colder. live in fremont, kiet do, kpix 5. so far things are continuing to back up on westbound 580. we are waiting for word when we are going to clear this big rig but it's still blocking a lane in a busy area north first street exit and looks like traffic is jammed now out of tracy coming from 205. live look at the bay bridge toll plaza, a lot of folks heading here later this morning but no big problems, no metering lights and all the roadwork on both spans both directions 80 look good. westbound 4 bottleneck between hillcrest and somersville past antioch exits. so overall east bay drive times look okay. really slow one is altamont pass through livermore valley commute. again that big rig is not
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helping that drive. 880 though still in the clear as well as the eastshore freeway. so far no delay or weather- related alerts from the carquinez bridge to the maze. we'll have more updates coming up. new this morning, firefighters are looking for the person who lives in this mobile home. it was destroyed by a fire overnight and you can see the home now completely gutted. the fire started at about 2 a.m. in the casa alondre mobile home park on monterey road. the cause of the fire is under investigation. and a bay area man claims an off-duty cop took him down and broke his arm. the entire ordeal started after the two men got into an accident. kpix 5's joe vazquez with more on this unusual road rage story that will most likely end up in the courts. reporter: the two men pulled over the side of the highway to exchange insurance information. that's when according to the federal lawsuit filed today one of the men an off-duty concord police officer named kevin mansourian charged at the other
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man 63-year-old walter weiland of oakland. weiland's lawyer says the cop started screaming profanities at her client. >> essentially asking him what the "f" are you doing? and then identified himself as an off-duty police officer. when my client asked for him to produce his badge, he said that he didn't have it on him. >> reporter: according to the lawsuit, officer mansourian then threw weiland to the ground and sat on him as they waited for chp to arrive. the whole time, weiland was telling him to get off because he has a heart problem. >> grabbed him, slammed him to the ground face first. our client's face was cut. and one of his hearing aids was dislodged and in that assault, our client's arm was broken. and the client keep in mind is a 63-year-old man. >> reporter: officer mansourian told sheriff's deputies it wasn't road rage. he thought weiland might have been drunk but investigators on the scene found no such evidence. while lapd is suing mansourian and -- weiland is suing mansourian and the city of
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concord for wrongful arrests and excessive force civil rights violation. the city will defend the lawsuit and won't comment on pending litigation. joe vazquez, kpix 5. a shopper says a 15-year- old girl attacked her at the bay fair center in san leandro. the victim claims the teenager snatched her purse and then ran into a waiting car. this happened at the center's parking lot on monday. a witness saw the whole thing and called police. a popular cable tv host was killed in a motorcycle crash in san francisco. bill beckwith cohosted the show curb appeal on hdtv. a car hit and killed him on monday night as he rode through the lower haight near oakland and styner streets. it's not clear who was at fault. police say the driver of the car is cooperating and beckwith was 38 years old. happening today, the man accused of going on a deadly rampage at l.a.x. will make his first court appearance. paul ciancia will have a hearing this morning at a jail being held in federal custody.
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investigators say ciancia targeted tsa officers when he pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag and opened fire inside terminal 3 on november 1. one tsa agent was killed. also happening today, 911 calls from that mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school will be made public. the connecticut state prosecutor originally wanted to keep the calls confidential to protect survivors and victims. but the state attorney has now dropped that fight. 20 children and six adults were killed in the 2012 shooting. tragedy struck as hundreds of skydivers gathered in the arizona desert. two skydivers died in a midair crash. the two were floating to the ground when they collided causing their parachutes to collapse. investigators are trying to learn what went wrong. >> both of their canopies were open and at the point that they collided it's estimated that they were 200 to 300 feet up in the air. once they collided, we are told both the canopies collapsed and they both fell to the ground. >> skydivers from around the
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world are now in that area. saturday a group of 63 women set a record for an all-female formation while jumping head down. time now is 5:37. university of notre dame is taking on obamacare. the institution does not want to be forced to provide birth control coverage. it has filed a lawsuit claiming the requirement infringes on its religious beliefs. the law doesn't force institutions to provide coverage. instead, insurers must give employees a contraceptive option at no additional cost. notre dame considers that immoral. as for the white house, it's kicking off a three-week media blitz to get people to sign up. >> you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but -- we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> president obama took on the republican critics of the bill yesterday. he said they want it to fail. republicans say the law is flawed. a site with the web address
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similar to the california health exchange is linked to state republicans. this is what the website looks like. its url is close to the they call it a resource guide on the affordable care act but critics call it deceptive saying the look-alike site discourages people from enrolling. 80,000 californians have signed up through the real affordable healthcare exchange. today kpix 5 is gathering experts from "covered california" for a healthcare consumerwatch hotline. reps are going to be here at kpix 5 all day today to answer your questions. just call between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 1-888-5-helps-u. for the first time this week, stock futures are heading higher. wendy gillette of joins us with the latest from wall street. >> reporter: good morning. the markets have lost ground two days in a row following a
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run of eight weeks of gains. investors are focused on friday's jobs report which could determine when the federal reserve decides to taper its economic stimulus program. yesterday the dow was down 94. nasdaq down 8. detroit's bankruptcy case is moving forward this morning after a judge ruled public pensions could be cut. the decision allows the city to confront its $18 billion debt but it's a big setback for unions and retirees. thousands of retired workers will likely see smaller checks. it is official. cyber monday was the biggest online shopping day in history. according to research firm com score, shoppers spent $1.74 billion. that's 18% more than the monday after thanksgiving last year. and that figure does not include purchases from mobile devices. the u.s. postal service expectses to deliver 15 billion pieces of mail this christmas
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season. here are a few important dates. standard mail must be postmarked by december 14, first class by 20th and one day later priority mail needs to be in the mailbox. and for all of you procrastinators, december 23rd for priority express. and you guys i'm sure don't procrastinate, right? >> oh, no. not at all. >> news people? are you kidding? we're down to the wire. >> wendy, november was a good month for auto sales. what are the hot sellers? >> reporter: well, small suvs. auto sales in november rose 9% from a year ago. chrysler was the big winner up 16% thanks to strong sales of jeep cherokees. gm gained 14%. and ford sales increased 7%. back to you guys. >> another sign of a recovering economy. thanks, wendy gillette of 5:40. hot for the holidays this year, fitness trackers and one special function gives you a boost to burn more calories.
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and a growing number of retailers is offering customers a way to buy big ticket items that's generating some controversy. kpix 5's julie watts is on the consumerwatch with a warning. reporter: it sounds like a good idea, no interest at all on your purchase provided you pay it all off within a specified period of time, usually six months or a year. it's called deferred interest. it's a payment plan and it's offered by macy's, lowe's, best buy, j.c. penney, walmart, many others. but consumers union warns, there's a big catch. >> if the consumers pays late during this deferral period or hasn't paid off the initial purchase amount, then all of that accumulated interest even on the balance that they have paid off comes back and is added on to the consumer's balance. >> reporter: now, depending on the size of the purchase, that can amount to hundreds of dollars. and the interest rates are
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considerably higher than general purpose credit cards. most customers don't realize the implications when they sign up for deferred interest plans and consumer advocates say if you do get trapped by one of these deals, you will pay for it. the contracts are binding and stores won't forgive that accumulated interest. you may want to think twice before complaining about your airline. the supreme court indicated today you may not have a leg to stand on when an airline revokes someone's frequent flyer status. that's exactly what happened to a delta frequent flyer who lost his status when he was dubbed a frequent complainer. northwest airlines which merged with delta in 2008 said it had, quote, sole judgment over the program's general terms and conditions and could revoke the man's platinum elite membership for any reason. the frequent flyer argued the airline was not acting in good faith and today the court heard testimony from both sides. a decision isn't expected until december but most justices indicated that it rules out
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lawsuits like these. and in other consumer news, we continue to get bombarded with questions about "covered california." the state's healthcare exchange. so we're gathering the experts tomorrow for a healthcare consumerwatch call-in. "covered california"'s representatives will be here at kpix 5 all day "today" to answer your questions. simply call tomorrow between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., that number 1-888-5- helps-u. >> thanks, julie. also, we want to tell you that "covered california"'s actually happening today. so we can answer your phone calls from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. >> our experts will be lining up. our traffic expert elizabeth with a check on what we need to watch out for this morning. >> the icy conditions are forming. caltrans is sending sand crews toward crystal springs reservoir, word of icy roads and bridges. so right there by 280 heads up,
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the sand trucks are heading out. a couple of small brush fires on the right-hand shoulder in vacaville near westbound 80 at cherry glen exit. no delays on the sensors on the main lines of the freeway but you may see some fire trucks passing through or activity off to the right-hand shoulder. westbound highway 4 is extra slow right now. appear earlier accident approaching lone tree is clear. eastbound is sluggish as well towards the antioch bridge. through the altamont pass, it's delayed past first street where we have a stalled big rig. the coldest outbreak of weather for the season so far. we have cold air slipping down from the gulf of alaska. we have chilly temperatures outside now overnight lows dropping down into the 20s and
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30s in some spots. winds kicking upholding some temperatures up but as winds calm down temperatures drop off again. around the bay area, frosts near the coast. this afternoon, plenty of sunshine. but that cold air will make for some chilly temperatures and then an even colder night tonight into tomorrow morning. these temperatures down in the 20s in many spots inland. a cold outbreak all over the country. no problem at sfo. mostly sunny skies, no delays expected. if you are headed around the country, though, looks like mild weather in houston. snow showers in denver high 11. so cold air making its way around much of the country. skies clear with the offshore
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wind and dry air. cold temperatures the next few days. into the weekend. highs 40s and 50s. that's about it. chances of showers friday chilly through the weekend. let's check the schoolcast for today for garden village elementary school in daly city. looks like a cold start to the day temperatures there in the 40s, highs only in the 50s in the afternoon and, of course, if you would like to put your in schoolcast, go to >> i guarantee my little guy is going to walk out the door this morning with shorts and maybe like his ughs. >> he doesn't have mom to stop it. >> exactly. [ laughter ] 5:49 now. if you prefer sipping wine to cracking open a brew, you may be smarter than you think. a new study shows men with higher iq scores are more
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likely to drink wine. the study at copenhagen university found regardless of financial status, those with a higher iq preferred wine to other alcoholic beverages. >> gave a lot of men another reason to be snobby about that. millions of americans will vow to lose weight in the new year and there are tons of wearable fitness devices that promise to help keep you in shape when synced with apps devices offering a lot of data. there's the new nike fuel band for about 150 bucks. shows you how many calories burned and steps taken. another does everything the nike device does and more and calculate stairs. >> $129 is a decent fight the best cover your bases fitness tracker in terms of wristband comfort, watch social connectivity and ease of use. >> and there are monitors that blend in line shining for 120
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and finally there is the $10,000 why things pulse that monitors your heart rate. >> 5:51. a texas deli owner noticed his employees were no longer serving with a smile. so he is giving them an attitude adjustment by shutting the place down. >> and a northern california man getting nationwide attention for his elaborate christmas display. the two reasons he says he goes through all the work. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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a deli in texas is re- opening today with a whole new attitude. john hurd shut down his abilene restaurant about a week ago because he said his employees
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were no longer serving with a smile. so then he put up a sign that said close for attitude adjustment. during the shutdown, he replaced some workers and retrained others. >> it wasn't a secret to our customers as to what was happening. the poor service, there weren't a lot of smiles. service was slower than what our customers deserve and what we expected. >> we were expecting that he is making a stand and, you know, not standing for a lack of work ethic. >> the restaurant was supposed to re-open today but the owner pushed it back until the 9th because he said he had to make more adjustments. >> attitude adjustments. a man hoping to light up the holidays is getting extra attention. his festive displays in concord are featured in a new documentary. and andria borba is introducing us to mr. christmas. >> reporter: magic doesn't happen on olive drive until the lights go down. and this guy's lights go up,
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mr. christmas. for 35 years, retired air force lieutenant and electrician bruce mertz has been lighting up concord with his christmas display. >> so beautiful. >> reporter: the cheerful front yard decor began small. >> i found the sequencer at a junk shot and it cost me like two bucks at a junk shop and i broke up the lights around the house into groups of eight and they chase each other around the house. >> reporter: and grew into this twinkling twirling christmas display. now this documentary, mr. christmas, that's garnering acclaim at film festival in palm springs and aspen thanks to nick palmer. >> santa claus reindeer my favorite spent eight months building that. >> reporter: the lights cost around $200 a year to run and three months to go up. but you post-christmas procrastinators, remember this.
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>> i have to take it down every year. >> reporter: even with a documentary about him bruce doesn't think he is a star and says he goes through all this work for two reasons. a -- >> i don't know where to go hide if i don't do it. [ laughter ] >> you know what i mean? they are going to be knocking on my door. >> reporter: and b. >> mostly it's seeing people that -- the smiles on their faces. >> reporter: now, in case you were wondering, this will be bruce's 84th christmas. his birthday is in fact this month. if you would like to see the mr. christmas documentary, go to the movie's website or facebook page. in concord, andria borba, kpix 5. >> now, the neighbors apparently love it. they never complain and lights go out at 10:00 promptly so everybody can get some sleep. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,
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i'm bundling up and getting close to my hubby to keep warm. >> temperatures took a nosedive across california sparking the latest fashion trend, hats, scarves and grooves.
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>> a freeze warning is in effect in the bay area until thursday night. >> we are going to see widespread frost around the bay area. >> so intelligent that i figure if anybody could get out of the situation, he can. he's the one. >> hope is high as the search for a missing san jose pilot and his family kicks off again this morning. 50 searchers and five planes will join the team today. >> devastated. comes in waves. >> we should learn the results of actor paul walker's autopsy. walker and a friend were killed in a fiery crash on saturday. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning, it's wednesday, december 4. i'm anne makovec. >> i'm juliette goodrich. frank and michelle have the morning off. new this morning, firefighters are looking for the person who lived in this san


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